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Saturday, July 4, 2020

WRMC offering scans to patients with MRI-safe pacemakers or defibrillators

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White River River Medical Center (WRMC) upgraded the hospital’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to offer MRI exams to patients with MRI-safe pacemakers or defibrillators. MRI uses magnetic energy, radio frequency waves, and a computer to produce detailed images throughout the body. The new technology allows...

Gary B.: Batesville Police Department handles three separate cases of ‘huffing’ over the weekend

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Three separate cases of “huffing” air duster were handled by the Batesville Police Department over the weekend. The cases went from a 13-year-old juvenile to a 52-year-old woman. On Friday afternoon, June 22, Batesville Police officers were notified by local citizens that they observed a man...

Classic car catches fire at St. Louis and Harrison St. this morning

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A couple of Batesville residents sent in videos of the morning incident involving a smoking classic car near the intersection of Harrison St. & St. Louis St. in Batesville. No serious injuries were reported. Watch below. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4ZwoYJpkO8&w=560&h=315]

Local officials, dignitaries, and more brave elements to celebrate groundbreaking of WRPDD offices

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Jan Smith (at podium), executive director of the White River Planning and Development District (WRPDD), braves a heavy rainstorm at yesterday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the new WRPDD offices which will be located at 4441 Harrison St. in Batesville. WRPDD is a private, non-profit organization recognized...

SNEAK PEEK: Inside the all-new Independence County Library; soft opening scheduled for Monday

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White River Now recently received a tour of the new Independence County Library, located in the old Barnett Bros. building at 267 E. Main St. in downtown Batesville. The building underwent extensive renovations while staffers spent the past few weeks moving books from its...

Burger King’s new rebuild scheduled for opening next month

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Workers installed a sign at the new Burger King building on 2248 Harrison St. in Batesville this morning. The former building was demolished a few weeks ago at the same location, and the new building is deep into construction with an approximate opening targeted for...

Felony charges filed against Poughkeepsie man after Monday morning chase

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After leading authorities on a vehicle chase that exceeded 100 m.p.h. earlier this week, a Poughkeepsie man is now facing two felony charges. Jared W. Bates, 23, was charged in Independence County Circuit Court Tuesday with fleeing, a Class D felony, and possession of firearms...

City of Southside celebrates groundbreaking of City Hall

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The City of Southside celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony this morning at the site of the future Southside City Hall on Hwy. 167. Local and area dignitaries, including Southside Mayor Ray Bowman, State Rep. James Sturch, State Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, and Independence County Judge Robert...

Bald Knob man charged with a variety of felonies after Batesville traffic stop

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A Bald Knob man is now in the Independence County Detention Center, awaiting his first court appearance after he was found to be in possession of a variety of drugs. (Click here for the original story.) 36-year-old Glenn Don Martin was stopped for speeding Saturday,...

Gary B.: Arkansas Business has some info on the recent sale of the Batesville Daily Guard

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If you would like to know more about the recent sale of the Batesville Daily Guard newspaper, I recommend you read a recent article in the June 11 edition of Arkansas Business. The “Outtakes” column writer, Kyle Massey, interviewed the former editor of the Batesville...

Independence County Law Enforcement and Solid Waste committees combine to meet today; discussion of sheriff and county judge’s disagreement over community service workers expected

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The disagreement between Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens and Independence County Judge Robert Griffin over the use of community service workers has apparently led to a combined meeting of the county’s Law Enforcement and Solid Waste committees to be held this afternoon. The disagreement came...